Sport awards seek nominees

Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards nominations are being accepted and are open to any athlete, team, coach, official or sport administrator.

The Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards will once again celebrate the very best in local sports.

The ninth annual gala event will be Feb. 1, 2014 at the Coast Bastion Hotel. In the meantime, organizers are seeking nominations.

Nominations are now being accepted and are open to any athlete, team, coach, official or sport administrator including junior athletes and masters in the Nanaimo area from Ladysmith to Nanoose Bay. The nomination deadline is Dec. 12.

“It’s important for us to consider all of our city’s different sports and honour the accomplishments of our local athletes,” says Marilyn Sullivan, event chairwoman, in a press release.

Award categories include Male Individual Athlete of the Year, Female Individual Athlete of the Year, Male Team Athlete of the Year, Female Team Athlete of the Year, Junior Female Athlete of the Year, Junior Male Athlete of the Year, Team of the Year, Junior Team of the Year, Masters Athlete of the Year, Partners of the Year, Grassroots Coach of the Year, High-Performance Coach of the Year, Official of the Year, Sport Administrator of the Year, and Best Sports News Story of the Year.

A panel of judges made up of media and other members of the sports community will determine finalists and winners. Nominees will be judged on their performance and achievements in 2013, while volunteers will be judged on their long-term commitment to sports.

To access a nomination form, please visit www.nanaimosportachievementawards.com.

For more information, please call 250-716-6110.